A New Hampshire bill will require bottled water to be chemical free
Bottle water companies may soon have to ensure their products meet the same standards as public drinking water in New Hampshire.
Talk of testing for a range of compounds, specifically per- polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) comes after a scare in 2019 in which high levels of PFAS were found in bottled water of a Massachusetts company.
The water was sold in stores in New Hampshire and other states, according to WGME. The company closed down in August as a result.
A bill would amend existing law to require bottlers to meet standards for more than 100 compounds regulated under the state’s safe Drinking Water Act. Among these compounds are arsenic, reported WGME.
The bill would also require testing for several PFAS chemicals, after the state limited one chemical in drinking water to a maximum of 12 parts per trillion and another to 15 ppt in 2019.
The proposal would apply to in-state bottlers and those from other states registered to sell their water in stores, according to WGME.
Opposition to the proposal came from the bottle water industry, which said myriad state regulations could confuse companies and potentially impact the supply of their products in New Hampshire.
“A patchwork of bottled water regulations would cause significant production and distribution complications for manufacturers,” said James Toner Jr., director of government relations for the International Bottled Water Association in a statement presented to the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. “It would also make it difficult for companies to provide needed bottled water products during emergencies or natural disasters in a state that has standards that are different than those required by the FDA.”